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From ancient times, leaving one’s mark has been a human habit. Egyptologists have found scrawls in ancient tombs left by builders saying the modern equivalent of “I was here.” World War II American soldiers left “Kilroy was here” all over Europe. Closer to home, Spanish conquistadors chipped their names and the date next to Native American petroglyphs on their way through New Mexico.

Because of this human urge, many tourist attractions maintain a Guest Registry so visitors can “leave their mark.” The Double Eagle is listed on the state and national Register of Historic Place and is located on the historic plaza in Old Mesilla so customers and visitors alike have the opportunity to ‘sign in’ using a Visitors Register located near the public entrance. Jerry Harrell, Double Eagle general manager, reviews the book each January and is always surprised by the number of countries and states represented.

The only state which failed to be represented in the register in 2014 was Wyoming. All other states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, had multiple entries. The state most listed was Texas, second was Arizona and third was New Mexico. Fifteen countries were listed. Mexico was number one, closely followed by Canada. England and Germany tied for third most listed. Singapore was the farthest in distance, with Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Lebanon following. The remaining countries were European with the exception of El Salvador in Central America.

patron

An attraction for both locals and tourists at Double
Eagle Restaurant over the holidays was this
tequila tree, made from more than 170 bottles of
Patron. In 366 days, Double Eagle had visitors
from all 50 states.

“It’s truly amazing to realize we have so many visitors from around the United States and the world,” Harrell. “You never know who’s going to walk in!”

So, with Wyoming being the only unrepresented state in 2014, who was among the first guests on New Year’s Day, 2015? Naturally, a group from Wyoming.

The Double Eagle, and its companion restaurant, Pepper’s Cafe, are on the plaza in Historic Old Mesilla, 2355 Calle de Guadalupe. 523-6700, www.doubleeagle-mesilla.com.

 

 

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